As a feminist, I believe that we need to dismantle patriarchy for women to truly achieve equality. The goal is simply to have no one living a privileged life at the expense of a subservient gender.
We are continually encountering people who choose equalism over feminism even though they are both the same thing. There are claims that point towards the fading of unequal opportunities. Did the world suddenly become the same for men and women?
Neurosexism is the myth that men and women have gendered brains. Gina Rippon, the author of “The gendered brain: the new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain” debunks these ideas. She says that the “science” that proved that men and women have different brains was biased, misinterpreted, and over-amplified.
To be cool, you had to be “like the guys”. This female rivalry is known as female intrasexual competition through indirect aggression.
Feminism, over the years, has been twisted as a hackneyed excuse for women to trample over men. Repeatedly explaining to people the difference between misandry and feminism is not enough. The intersectional lens refutes that it is a man vs woman problem.
Body image is how you perceive your appearance, how attractive you think you are, or how much you don’t like the way you look.
While it may seem like a tangible problem, patriarchy is much more. It is seen, unseen and elusive and we unknowingly participate in it till we learn what it means to be complicit.
Laura Mulvey, a British film theorist described the “male gaze” in her essay, ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’. She wrote, ‘In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between the active\male and passive\female’. This means that visual media reduces female characters with virtues and aspirations into mere objects of aesthetic value.